Little (Lego) House on the Prairie (Style)

This is so cool. Lego Frank Lloyd Wright.  You know what’s on my Christmas list!

That’s Fallingwater on top, Guggenheim on the bottom.  Saw this on Planetizen, linking to this architecture blog. Clicking thru back to LEGO.com, the Press Release is suitibly fuzzy:

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW LICENSEE
The LEGO Group and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce and distribute
Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO® Architecture Building Sets

TALIESIN WEST, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, MAY 12, 2009 —The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.

The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc. officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater.”

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.

Both exclusive Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building.

The LEGO Group will release the first of the LEGO Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® sets at the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit: From Within Outward at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 15, 2009.

The architecture blog tho did their homework and has the details:

Created with former architect Adam Reed Tucker (he’s done some amazing stuff with LEGOs) and his company Brickstructure, the Wright models can be purchased on his site, as well as ones for the Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, Seattle Space Needle, and Empire State Building, can be purchased here. The Guggenheim costs $40 plus shipping and handling, and Falling Water should run $100 when it goes on sale.

The two structures are probably Wright’s best known designs, Fallingwater an icon of the Prairie Style.  I can imagine some purists will scoff at the Lego experience, especially given Wright’s own well-known experience with building block toys.  That said, with the price of run-of-the-mill Lego sets running well over $50, these sets are a bargain and promise to be fun to boot.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Quote
“By organic architecture, I mean an architecture that develops from within outward in harmony with the conditions of its being, as distinguished from one that is applied from without.”
1914 Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings Volume 1, p.127

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